The headlines don’t always give the clearest picture, as the thirst for sensationalism is sometimes greater than the search for facts. I read a tweet last week with a quote from an agent saying their level of sales was up by over 300%, there are two ways of looking at that, the initial figures they were going off were pretty poor, or their new sales are something to behold, or both.
Being an eternal (not a foolish), optimist, I would always look for a positive news story as on the whole, these seem to be few and far between and even when reported are an afterthought or a bit of a sideline.
I can sense our level of sales have improved this year, for established agents you can feel it in your gut, and of course look at your monthly results, but for me it started back in November 2011, and has continued steadily since the start of 2012.
Market commentators need statistics to support their findings and offer credibility to their opinions, overall we here have a variety of ‘stats’ none of which tell a clear picture, other than our level of sales have improved somewhat on last year.
Web activity up over 20%, viewings up 35%, agreed sales up more than double over the same period last year…..not one of these statistics on their own tells us exactly what we might want to know and what the housing market will do in the future, but from someone who experienced the market crash of the early 90′s and the subsequent recovery, it would suggest to me the main headline we wanted and have been looking for, for some time is a return in confidence.
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